I locate my research in Communication Studies in the sub-discipline of rhetoric. As a rhetorical critic, I examine the way rhetors construct messages. Additionally, I draw theories, concepts, and methods from the sub-disciplines of performance studies and critical/cultural studies.
My primary research area focuses on rhetorics of surveillance. Drawing from my dissertation research on the Transportation Security Administration, I examine the ways people are persuaded to desire surveillance. My research also utilizes and theorizes field-based methods of doing rhetorical criticism, also known as participatory critical rhetoric. Additionally, I publish on argumentation theory, rhetoric and current events, and environmental rhetoric.
B.A., Communication, 2006
M.A., Speech Communication, 2008
Ph.D., Communication, 2013